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N-n-n-n-nineteen [Jan. 27th, 2009|08:26 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
All those who remember the war,
They won't forget what they've seen,
Destruction, of men in their prime,
Whose average age was nineteen.

Can a man be said to be in his prime at nineteen? Yes, I know male sexual peak tends to be around that age, but that can't be what he was talking about surely? If so, it makes one see the song in a new light.

[User Picture]From: amuchmoreexotic
2009-01-27 09:01 pm (UTC)
It wasn't just their hearts that were purple.
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[User Picture]From: percyprune
2009-01-27 10:53 pm (UTC)
Men in their prime whose average age was nineteen would suggest that at least half those men were older. And if they were, say, 20, 21 or 22 who are we to say that isn't their prime?
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[User Picture]From: uniquefergus
2009-01-27 11:39 pm (UTC)
I always took Mr. Hardcastle's point to be that, as the average age of the men in their prime was 19, that he considered a man's prime to be between the ages of 16 (the traditional age at which a boy becomes a man) and 22. Or between 13 and and 25 for Jewish men.

A. Pedant Esq.
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